noun Date: 1854 1. any of various theories asserting the validity of objective phenomena over subjective experience; especially realism 2a 2. an ethical theory that moral good is objectively real or that moral precepts are objectively valid 3. a 20th century movement in poetry growing out of imagism and putting stress on form • objectivist adjective or nounobjectivistic adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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